November Wrap-Up & What’s Left of December TBR | OMG THIS BLOG IS STILL A THING!

Greetings readers!

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Welcome one, welcome all! I am back!!! I just finished an intense exam season that had me neglecting this website for at least three weeks and it feels so amazingly wonderful to be back! I missed you all so much, I know I have so much catching up to do and SO much to read, but I am so so ready for it all!

I feel like I wrote maybe one or two posts between my last wrap-up and this one. *checks to see*

The actual number is 3.

OH WELL! Here’s another wrap-up posts that is being posted half-way through the month! These are always my more popular ones and the ones I have the most fun writing so here we go!

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What Rendz Read!

I got a few books in in November before I started to get crushed by school and had to take a step back and reassess my entire life, so this will not be a long list.

Interestingly enough, for some mind-boggling reason that I still cannot quite comprehend I was in the mood to read Adult contemporary romance these past two months! What? EXACTLY. I, Rendz, reading a pure romance novel is so so rare and the fact that I was actually wanting to read these kinds of books is nothing short of a miracle! I have to say though I have been having some really good, some meh and some terrible encounters with my romance adventures, but all that will be coming in another post so stay tuned!

November:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

December:

One and Only by Jenny Holiday
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

So I didn’t have bad reading months…I just didn’t read any of the books I was supposed to LOL!


The OVER-Haul

Ummmmm. So I found out that when I get stressed and anxious and overwhelmed in general…I tend to maybe buy/request all the books. These past months have been tough on me, my mental state has been so worried about school (this semester really came to slap me) so I may have sent one too many emails out and my publishers have been more than generous with me.

Raincoast Books

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Diamond City Francesca Flores
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Hachette

Goldie Vance and the Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

Thomas Allen & Son. 

The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

Penguin Teen Ca/ Tundra Books

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Me and Banksy Tanya Loyd Kyi

Netgalley

Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Giveaway Win!

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia
Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Purchases

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I really don’t deserve any of this.

What makes this worse is that I just feel more worried and anxious about having to read all of these books before their due dates. I AM MY OWN WORST ENEMY!!!!!!!!

And yet…I’ll take this challenge.


Other Going-Ons

Mexican Gothic Cover Reveal –  MIND MUTHER F*KIN BLOWN

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Excuse my French. But my mind was thoroughly blown away by this cover! The colours, the dress, the lip colour…I just everything about this cover is too gorgeous for words! I cannot wait to finally get my hands on it! You all must know how much I love Moreno-Garcia’s work, I am so ready for more!

My Eldest Sister Read An Ember in the Ashes!

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She was bored and had none of her own books to read so she finally TOOK MY ADVICE AND READ IT AND LIKED IT!!!!! I mean she is not as obsessed as I am, but I feel that’s more her being stubborn and sticking it to me. It might take many more months of convincing for her to pick up the next book, but I have lots of hope she’ll continue to love the books!

Last Month I did An Unhaul!!!

I finally stopped being a hoarder and did some de-cluttering of old ARCs! I gave some to my old middle-school teacher and others went off to charity! It felt good letting them go although by now I’ve requested enough to refill the shelf space I had originally made XD I’m going to be doing another unhaul soon so hopefully I can make more room!

The Mulan Trailer

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t overly excited at the fact at how much they were going to change it…but after seeing that trailer, after hearing Reflection as the background music…I am very much looking forward to seeing the full thing now!

I am an Audiobook Fanatic Now?!?!?

Me. Rendz. Is. Becoming. An. Audiobook. Reader/listener? Believe it friends, I’ve been having a lot of fun! I’ve been using them to get through these romance books faster and I have to say listening to sexy scenes being read to you is a totally different experience from reading them yourself. And if you’re like me, who blushes at everything, you can imagine how red I get when I listen to these XD!


Posts of the Month

Popular Disliked Characters that I Like | An Unpopular Opinion Post I guess??? // Don’t @ Me please

Popular Disliked Characters that I Like

TBR

Oh god. Um EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE SITTING ON MY NIGHTSTAND AND DRESSER RIGHT NOW!

I won’t even bother making a list, friends. It’s gonna be a marathon of books for me this holiday season and while I am a bit overwhelmed thinking about it, I am also really excited about it!

How was your November? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for the rest of December?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Is this a recap, a wrap-up, a where am I now? | Hi again…It’s been a while and it is nice to be back.

Greetings readers!

Hiya, how is it going? What have you been up to? It has been like two weeks since I have been on here and I feel like I have missed soooooo much. (Trust me I have a lot of blog hopping to do and it will happen soon). Right now I guess I would wrap up what I got done before I headed into exam season and what has happened since then. Obviously skipping over my exam shenanigans.

SO WHAT REALLY HAS HAPPENED?

I honestly don’t know. It’s all kind of like a blur to me…..thank goodness for Goodreads and social media that keeps me on track. XD

This is going to be a combination of of November and December until today and I will be highlighting a Holiday TBR that is most definitely far too ambitious but I am going to try anyways!

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What Rendz Read from November to December (18th)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am in love! This is an Adult fantasy series you definitely do not want to miss! My Full Review

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Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George
Adorable! So cute! So much fun! Perfect for Anne fans! Mini-Review

The Magician’s Secret by Zachary Hyman
So magical and imaginative! Perfect for the reader with a wild mind! Mini-Review

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
I will be honest, this book was a tad over-hyped! More than a little boring in places and I just honestly feel very meh about it! Full review to come!

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
This was super great! I had such a great time reading and I flew through this!! Full review to come!

A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
Not my cup of tea at all! I had so many problems with this and just nope, nope, nope! Full Goodreads review!

Fence (issues #1-12) by C. S. Pacat
So much fun. Hilarious! Hoopla truly blessed me these comics!


The Haul

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Indigo purchase)

HCC Frenzy ARCs
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Hachette Book Group Canada
Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Raincoast Books
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Black Friday Book Outlet Book Haul!
(I splurged and I may have some regrets, but not really!)
The Beautiful Ones by SIlvia Moreno-Garcia
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic) by Anna Meriano

Featured Posts of the Month!

For those still looking for some holiday picks!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books! | A Double Dose of Anne & a Magical Secret!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books!

Let’s Be Honest, I’m Never Gonna Read These Books!

Let's Be Honest I'm Never Gonna Read These Books!

Other Going-Ons

I MEAN BESIDES STUDYING……………..HAVE I REALLY BEEN UP TO ANYTHING??

THE FAN ART BRAIN HAS BEEN TINGLING!

There are things coming people. I mean…I haven’t started anything yet, but I have lots of ideas and I cannot wait to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE LION KING TEASER TRAILER HAPPENED

I mean….if they do an exact replica of the original movie only with a different type of animation, I am not exactly complaining….!

I WATCHED THE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 1985 SULLIVAN ADAPTATION (AGAIN)

It’s just so, so great! I feel like watching it again!

TBR

It’s ambitious. It’s not gonna get done. It’s totally over the top. But A girl can dream!

The Grisha Trilogy & The Language of Thorns
I was actually planning a giant Leigh Bardugo reread in preparation of King of Scars (but I do not think I will be getting to SoC and CK before January)

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Unfortunately. I am tired of having to be so cautious of spoilers and I might as well get it over with. I am trying to keep an open mind while reading, but I make no promises.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Truthwitch & Windwitch by Susan Dennard
If I read these, my sister will read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!!! She is sitting beside me right now judging me, but I am putting it in writing to cement this promise.

I am lucky if I even finish that monstrous Maas novel in the next two weeks. But a girl can try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I will do a Holiday Wrap-Up at the beginning of January to let you know about my progress! The new year has so many amazing books coming and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some ARCs that just make 2019 even more exciting!!!!!

Let me know what you have been up to! I promise to visit your blogs as soon as I can!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz